|Morning Concert: An Interview with Caroline Gautier|
From a program recorded on July 16, 1980, Charles Amirkhanian introduces the work of the French actor and singer, Caroline Gautier. She talks about her investigation of early examples of spoken ballads or musical declamations. To highlight her comments Amirkhanian presents three seldom performed works, composed by Robert Schumann, and performed by Gautier and pianist Michaël Lévinas. Gautier provides the story behind each piece as well as describing how her acting talent is incorporated into t...
Keywords: Morning Concert Series; Music; Interview; Classical Music
|Morning Concert: Interview with Lawrence Weschler|
From a recording made in July of 1988, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Lawrence Weschler, essayist for the New Yorker Magazine and grandson of composer Ernst Toch. They discusses his book “Shapinsky's Karma, Boggs's Bill, and Other True-Life Tales ”, which profiles six people who unexpectedly changed the direction of their lives. These include the story of James Boggs who blurred the lines between art and commerce by painting exquisite copies of $100 bills and then insisted on spending them, ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview; Modern Art; Lawrence Weschler
|Morning Concert: Discussions with Paul Dresher, Gerald Oshita, and J.D. Parren|
From a recording made in May of 1991, Charles Amirkhanian interviews Paul Dresher about his theatrical production, “Pioneer”, which "celebrates and exposes American explorers and the myths of the pioneering spirit." Several songs from the production are also heard. The two also discuss the difficulties in portraying offensive attitudes such as racial bigotry and the history of American colonialism...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Music Theatre
|Morning Concert: Criticism of San Francisco Chronicle Music Critics|
Charles Amirkhanian discusses the politics of new music in the Bay Area, with reference to the unsympathetic criticism, leveled at avant-garde artists such as John Cage and Merce Cunningham, by music critics at the New York Time and San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Amirkhanian argues that while Bay Area audiences clearly support the radical styles of the avant-garde, the local papers of note only employ music critics that favor the contemporary classical music of more academically oriented...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Lecture; Panel Discussion; New Music
|Morning Concert: A Visit with Philip Corner|
In this program, recorded in May of 1979, New York composer Philip Corner is the guest of Charles Amirkhanian. He discusses his music in preparation for his appearance at the Exploratorium in San Francisco as part of the Speaking of Music series of lecture/performances. As a member of the faculty of Livingston College (Rutgers University), Corner continued his provocative, improvisation-oriented, music making based on highly original, open-ended, beautifully handwritten, performance notations wh...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; Percussion music; Improvisation
|Criss x Cross by Jon Gibson|
Jon Gibson performs three movements from his five movement, 1979, composition, “Criss x Cross,” after which he discusses the piece with program host, Charles Amirkhanian. This somewhat aleatoric work apparently follows a score in which the notes are indicated without any rhythmic instructions, and much of the phrasing and duration of the notes is improvised. The work is influenced by Gibson’s interest in bagpipe music and the pibrochs of the Scottish Highlands, although one can also see pa...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; New Music; Saxophone music
|Morning Concert: John Cage Memorial Program Upon His 80th Birthday|
From September 4, 1992, Charles Amirkhanian introduces a retrospective on the life of composer John Cage, whose work has had a great influence on artistic thought in the 20th Century, and who had just passed away a few weeks before what would have been his 80th birthday on September 5th 1992. Richard Friedman, and composer, author, and critic Charles Shere join in the commentary, and archival recordings of Cage’s voice complete the festivities...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Documentary; New Music; John Cage
|Morning Concert: An Hurrian Cult Song from Ancient Ugarit|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Anne Draffkorn Kilmer, Professor of Assyriology at the University of California at Berkeley, about an LP ”Sounds from silence; Recent discoveries in ancient Near Eastern music” which documents a previously unknown musical composition dating from around 1400 BC. This ancient fertility hymn from Ugarit caused an international sensation when modern research made available for the first time, the knowledge necessary for the translation of ancient clay tablets which...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Ancient Music
|Morning Concert: Interview with Arturo Salinas|
In an interview, recorded on June 22, 1979, Charles Amirkhanian talks with the Mexican composer Arturo Salinas. Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Salinas studied composition with Robert Cogan at the New England Conservatory, ethnomusicology with Charles Boilès in Montreal, electro-acoustic music and microtonality with Jean-Etienne Marie in Paris, and orchestral conducting with Igor Markevitch. Included in this program is a complete performance of his “Memoire Imarcescible”, an electro-acoustic tap...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; Microtonal Music
|Morning Concert: Chapel Court and Countryside - The Bach-Beethoven Connection|
Music of J.S. Bach and his sons, C.P.E, Bach and the “English” John Christian Bach, and their influence on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, all in performances which attempt to approximate the sounds that audiences of the period might have experienced. Some listeners will prefer these performances, others will not; yet they all will offer insights into how the majesty of Bach led to the magic of Mozart...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Music; Classical Music
|Morning Concert: Alexander Kan: Mr. New Music USSR|
When the ROVA Saxophone Quartet toured the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, it was the enterprising and irrepressible Alexander Kan who invited the group and organized the visit against improbable odds. In 1988 KPFA turned the tables and invited Mr. Kan to its studio for a discussion. He was the leading Soviet producer of new music, avant-garde jazz, and experimental rock. The founder of the Leningrad Contemporary Music Club, which throughout the late 1970s until it was banned in the 1980s, served...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; Orchestral Music; Jazz
|Morning Concert: Tribute to Betty Freeman|
In honor of her 70th birthday, Betty Freeman appears on KPFA's Morning Concert, hosted by Charles Amirkhanian. Freeman shares anecdotes from her long career, first as a budding pianist and then as a supporter of contemporary composers such as Harry Partch, John Cage, and La Monte Young. Freeman also describes her work as a photographer of composers, and gives her opinions about listening to and loving new music...
Keywords: interviews; KPFA Morning Concert series; Betty Freeman; New Music
|Morning Concert: Prospero's Pens|
Fountain pens were the early 20th Century equivalent of the laptop computer. Allowing individuals the ability to write without being tied to a desk and inkwell, this unique American invention came to symbolize literacy for the man or woman who owned and carried one. Recently, as computer technology has threatened to wipe out the individual personality of the handwritten word, hoards of collectors have rediscovered the joy of writing with new and vintage instruments which can vary the width of th...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Other Finds; Fountain Pens
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|Morning Concert: Emily Dickinson, Maria Callas, and Jennie Tourel|
Host Sarah Cahill presents a diverse number of musical settings of poems by the renowned American poet Emily Dickinson. Juxtaposed settings by Aaron Copland, John Adams, George Perle and Ernst Bacon reveal each composer’s unique approach to handling Dickinson’s enigmatic work. While Adams’s well-known “Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson” is featured in its entirety, seldom-heard work by Perle and Bacon offers a different take not only on the text, but on the author’s status as hermit-po...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Art Songs
|Charles Shere Returns to KPFA|
Specialists in New Music have long been associated with KPFA’s Music Department, be it John Rockwell, Alan Rich, Robert Erickson, Glen Glasow, or Charles Amirkhanian. But for intensity of production and richness of quality no term at KPFA was more productive than that of former Music Director Charles Shere who’s tenure at the station lasted from 1965 to 1967. Now the Music & Art critic for the Oakland Tribune, and a distinguished composer as well, Mr...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; New Music; Charles Shere
|Morning Concert: An Interview with William Ward|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews William Ward on the subject of one of his oratorios, Fray Junípero Serra, a Franciscan priest who founded many of the Catholic Missions in California. Amirkhanian also questions Ward on his own experiences as a student and teacher of music in the United States. Dr. William R. Ward holds a Ph.D. degree from the Eastman School of Music, and for many years served as chairman of the Music Department of San Francisco State University and later as the Associate Dean of ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Doris Hays|
From a program recorded on May 12, 1983, Charles Amirkhanian interviews pianist, educator, and composer Doris Hays, as well as playing a selection of her music. Doris, who later adopted the name of Sorrel in 1985, was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1941 and from an early age showed an interest in music. She was performing regularly for her church by the age of 12, and was an accompanist and soloist for the Chattanooga Boys Choir at 15...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Dorris Hays; Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Charlemagne Palestine|
In this brief interview with Charles Amirkhanian, recorded on Nov. 20, 1980, composer Charlemagne Palestine discusses how his early minimal drone works were a reaction to the dense compositional style of Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage, but have since evolved beyond basic minimalism to embrace a more complex sonority. He then goes on to give a description of his string piece for 11 performers, “Birth of a Sonority”, as well as his pieces for the Bösendorfer piano...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Charlemagne Palestine
|Morning Concert: The Music and Philosophy of Charles Wuorinen|
From a program broadcast on January 11, 1985, Charles Amirkhanian introduces the music of New York composer Charles Wuorinen, whose “Rhapsody in Black” was scheduled to be performed by the San Francisco Symphony later that week. An advocate of well rehearsed performances of complex modern scores, Wuorinen has argued that audience acceptance of new works is greatly hindered by performances lacking in rehearsal preparation, in turn due to the limited financial resources alloted to such conside...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; 20th Century Classical; New Music
|Morning Concert: Charles Amirkhanian's Last Morning Concert as KPFA Music Director|
The last Morning Concert with Charles Amirkhanian at the helm kicks off with an interview with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet. This interview was recorded just prior to a concert by the Quartet at the Theater Artaud that was to feature new compositions by Mr. Bungle and Thomas Mapfumo written for the Kronos Quartet. The various roles individual players have within the Quartet is described. The second half of the program is dedicated to taking phone calls from listeners reminiscing with C...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde; Charles Amirkhanian
|Morning Concert: Benjamin Lees|
Charles Amirkhanian talks to composer Benjamin Lees about his memories of living in Paris including playing chess with Marcel Duchamp and meeting other famous artists. We then hear the premier performance of Lees’ Concerto for brass choir and orchestra.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Orchestral Music; Benjamin Lees
|Morning Concert: John Duffy & Heritage: A Symphonic Suite with Narration|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer John Duffy, whose television series soundtrack “Heritage: Civilization & The Jews,” has been reworked into a suite for orchestra with narrator. Duffy, the founder of the Meet the Composer organization, which assists groups in bringing composers to meet their audiences, has had a revolutionary impact on the American music scene of the late 20th century. Now Charles Amirkhanian plays turnabout and brings you John Duffy himself, interviewed shortly after ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; John Duffy; Interview, Music; 20th Century Classical
|Morning Concert: Matthijs Vermeulen|
Han Reiziger, the Music Director of VPRO, presents a program of music by Dutch composer Matthijs Vermuelen.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Music; 20th Century Classical; Matthijs Vermeulen
|Morning Concert: The Music of Vincent Plush|
From a program recorded in 1983, Charles Amirkhanian is joined in the KPFA studios by the Australian composer Vincent Plush, who was in the United States for an extended fellowship at Yale University. Amirkhanian questions Plush about his personal history and musical influences, as well as the current state of contemporary classical music in Australia. Plush describes a growing trend among younger Australian composers, who, inspired by the likes of Percy Grainger and Peter Sculthorpe, were seeki...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; Music; 20th Century Classical; Vincent Plush
|Morning Concert: The Music by Johanna Magdalena Beyer|
This is the second of two programs devoted to the works of the largely forgotten German-American composer, Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888-1944). Beyer, who died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was a pioneering avant-garde composer who’s works would be lost if it were not for the preservation work of the American Music Center in New York City, to which she had donated her scores prior to her death...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Avant-Garde; Johanna Beyer
|Morning Concert: William Winant|
Percussionist William Winant was born in Los Angeles to a family of accomplished actors and musicians. He studied at Los Angeles City College and Cal Arts before doing advanced studies at York University in Toronto in 1979. He returned to the West Coast to study with composer Lou Harrison at Mills College in Oakland and has performed with the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio. Charles Amirkhanian interviews with this talkative and gifted Bay Area instrumentalist...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; William Winant
|Morning Concert: New Music: When and Where? A Critique of the San Francisco Symphony|
In 1988 and 1989, a spate of articles and letters to the “San Francisco Chronicle” raised the question: “Is the San Francisco Symphony too radical in its programming of contemporary music?”. In this program, Charles Amirkhanian hosts a panel discussion, complete with musical examples, addressing this question. Participants include Michael Steinberg, Artistic Advisor of the Symphony and writer of the exemplary program notes which are distributed to concert-goers weekly, and Mark Volkert, ...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Lecture; Panel Discussion; 20th Century Classical
|Morning Concert: A Visit With Frederic Rzewski|
Charles Amirkhanian and Russ Jennings are joined in the KPFA studio by Frederic Rzewski, an American composer and performer, who has spent much of his adult life living in Rome and Brussels. Rzewski was a founding member of the radical, electronic, music group, Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), and the composer of a famous set of piano variations based on Sergio Ortega protest song “El Pueblo Undio Jamas Sera Vencido”...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Frederic Rzewski
|Morning Concert: The Music of Charles Boone|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Bay Area composer Charles Boone about his early musical career, starting as a member of a high school band, then as a student at USC. He also studied with Ernst Krenek and Adolph Weiss in Los Angeles. Here he introduces a number of his pieces, including “Raspberries” for percussion ensemble.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; 20th Century Classical
|Morning Concert: Carolie Shoemaker|
Carolie Shoemaker, composer, vocalist, and performance artist, hails from Seattle, where she has made a significant reputation as an innovative personality on the new music scene. Charles Amirkhanian interviews the visiting musician, who introduces selections from her work, including Yo(u) Tarzan, Stitch in Time, and other pieces. (from KPFA Folio)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Popular Music; Jazz; Carolie Shumaker
|Morning Concert: The Music of Richard Felciano|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews Richard Felciano, a member of the faculty at UC Berkeley, whose album “The Music of Richard Felciano”, has been issued by Composers Recordings, Inc. Felciano introduces a number of his works including a December 1975 live performance of a piece for 14 carillons located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area all playing simultaneously. Felciano also discusses the challenges facing contemporary composers of new music.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music; Richard Felciano
|Morning Concert: Lars Gunnar Bodin|
Amirkhanian talks with Swedish composer Lars Gunnar Bodin. The program includes a demonstration of computer mix-down technique.
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Sound Poetry; Lars Gunnar Bodin
|Morning Concert: The Music of Lou Harrison: A Celebration|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer Lou Harrison about his recent work. Harrison had just completed a semester of teaching at Mills College, as holder of the Milhaud Chair in composition. Most of this program is devoted to Harrison's work with gamelan music, and a number of selections from his album released by CRI, are heard. Also participating in this program is Harrison’s partner William Colvig...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Lou Harrison
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Janice Giteck|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Janice Giteck about her career and an upcoming concert with the SF Symphony. Ms. Giteck began her career as a Bay Area composer and teacher at UC Berkeley, and later became a member of the faculty at the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle, WA., She was back in the Bay Area for the world premiere of her orchestral work Tree, which was to be played by members of the San Francisco Symphony under Edo de Waart on the New and Unusual Music series...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; New Music; Chamber Music; Janice Giteck
|Morning Concert: John Cage - In Celebration of his 65th Birthday|
John Cage was undoubtedly the 20th Century composer who did the most to change the definition of the word “music”. In this program dedicated to Cage's work, which first broadcast on the composer's 65th birthday, Charles Amirkhanian presents a selection of his music which will attempt to dispel the popular notion that Cage’s philosophy of music is more interesting than the actual substance of his compositions...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; New Music; John Cage
|Morning Concert: An Interview with Robert Hughes|
Recorded on December 16, 1980, Charles Amirkhanian interviews musician, composer, and conductor Robert Hughes. Topics discussed include working with Laurie Anderson on the world premiere of her work "Born, Never Asked". Fans of Anderson's later popular albums will recognize many of the musical themes running through this piece. The recording of the piece, made on May 17, 1980, features Anderson performing with the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, an award winning group which was led by Hughes f...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; New Music; Performance Art; Robert Hughes
|Morning Concert: Gavin Bryars|
Charles Amirkhanian interviews British composer Gavin Bryars and plays a selection of his music during a pledge marathon week at KPFA. Bryars, born in Yorkshire in 1943, is one of a group of British experimental composers interested in minimal yet consonant music. He has composed for the theater and dance, as well as for the concert hall, and has written three full-length operas. In this program you will hear three excerpts of his work, including his “Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet” with i...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; Gavin Bryars
|Morning Concert: Brecht Composers - A Musical Brecht-fest|
Russ Jennings is joined by theatrical director R. G. Davis in a program dedicated to the various composers that worked with Bertolt Brecht. Davis describes the evolution of Brecht’s political philosophy and how that was reflected in the composers he chose to work with. Particular attention is paid to the period of 1927 to 1933 which saw Brecht’s most successful collaborations with Kurt Weill give way to the more Marxist influenced agitprop theater he created with Hanns Eisler...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Opera; Music Theatre; Bertolt Brecht
|Morning Concert: The Music of Tim Souster|
English composer, Tim Souster, visited the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978 in order to produce a new composition at Stanford University’s internationally renowned computer music center, and during his stay happily agreed to be interviewed on KPFA. Charles Amirkhanian introduces Souster and his music during the course of a lively program, recorded at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Center on October 3, 1978...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Tim Souster
|Morning Concert: In Honor of Leo Ornstein’s 95th Birthday|
On December 11, 1987 Leo Ornstein, one of the most important composer-pianists of the 20th century,celebrated his 95th birthday at his home in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In this program, Charles Amirkhanian takes a look at the career of this remarkable path-breaking musician whose early piano compositions, and performances of the most radical European composers of the day, shocked audiences throughout the U...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Leo Ornstein; Music; Interview; 20th Century Classical
|Morning Concert: A Concert In Honor of Terry Riley on his 50th Birthday|
In San Francisco in 1964, the world premiere of Terry Riley's "In C" spawned a movement that literally has changed the face of modern music. "In C" was the first popular piece of what has come to be known as minimalist music, consisting of slowly evolving repetitive patterns. Since then, Riley's compositional style has gone through several incarnations. His contribution to modern music has always been a source of stimulation...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Music; New Music; Minimalism; Terry Riley
|Morning Concert: John Oswald and Pauline Oliveros|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with the two great O's of the ‘90s, plunderphonicker John Oswald and deep listener Pauline Oliveros. Hailing from Toronto, Oswald has been astounding audiences with his technoripoffaudacities, which lately have landed him in trouble with Canadian record industry authorities. Oswald discusses why he uses other people's music to create his own. Pauline Oliveros lives in Kingston, New York, although her formative years were spent in the Bay Area...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Avant-Garde; Popular Music; Pauline Oliveros; John Oswald
|Morning Concert: The Music of Julia Wolfe and Ivan Wyschnegradsky|
Recorded on February 28, 1992, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Julia Wolfe, and plays a selection of her works. Wolfe discuses the origins of several of the rather unusual titles for her compositions. We then hear “The Vermeer Room” which is scored for 16 instruments as well as her string quartet “Four Marys.” This later work, we learn, was inspired by a Scottish folk tune yet fails to quote any of the original work or even reference Scottish folk music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; Microtonal music; Chamber music; New Music
|Morning Concert: An interview with John Adams|
Charles Amirkhanian talks with composer John Adams in February 1990 about his music, including his two orchestral works, “The Wound-Dresser” and “Fearful Symmetries”. The composer of the opera “Nixon in China” also delivers a progress report on his next opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer”, as well as discussing his affinity for working with small orchestras, and other sundry topics. Born in Worcester, Mass on February 15, 1947, Adams celebrated his 43rd birthday the week of this re...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert Series; Interview and Music; New Music; Opera; John Adams
|Morning Concert: John Rockwell|
In March 1983, Knopf Publishers of New York released the controversial book ALL AMERICAN MUSIC: Composition of the late 20th Century, by New York Times music critic John Rockwell. On March 14, 1983, live on the KPFA Morning Concert, Charles Amirkhanian talked with Rockwell about this book and the various composers featured, including the range from Milton Babbitt to Neil Young and Phil Glass to Ornette Coleman...
Keywords: All American Music; John Rockwell; Knopf Publishers; Morning Concert Series; composition; music critics; New York Times
|Morning Concert: A Live Piano Concert by Martha Anne Verbit|
Pianist Martha Anne Verbit performs live in the KPFA studio on the station’s Bösendorfer grand piano, and talks with Charles Amirkhanian about her excursions into the sensuous, mystical, and arcane reaches of early 20th century piano music, as well as giving biographical information about each of the composers featured in this concert. Verbit has recorded an album of music by Cyril Scott for Genesis Records, and is an expert performer of Scriabin’s music...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Martha Ann Verbit; Music; Interview; 20th Century Classical; Piano Music
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|Morning Concert: A Report from New Music America 1990 and Music by Peter Garland and John Luther Adams|
Charles Amirkhanian plays a number of works by Canadian composers, many of whom were to be highlighted during the New Music America Festival to be held in Montreal, Canada in 1990. To get more information about this event Charles interviews composer and Festival director, Jean Piché over the phone. In the second half of the program Charles talks to Peter Garland and John Luther Adams who have both incorporated their interest in Native American cultures into their music, of which we hear a selec...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; 20th Century Classical; New Music
|Morning Concert: Michael McClure Plays His Favorites|
From a program recorded on July 6, 1989, Charles Amirkhanian’s guest is the noted poet Michael McClure, who in addition to his own literary prowess, is also a connoisseur of a diverse range of musical expression, as will be understood by the time he finishes playing selections from his favorite commercial recordings. Who else would mix Beethoven and Monteverdi with Funkadelic, and the Talking Heads? Whether listening to Jorge Demus in Brahms’ “Four Serious Songs,” Thelonious Monk jamming...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Music; Interview; Popular Music; Classical Music
|Morning Concert: A Visit with Paul Dresher|
Guitarist and composer Paul Dresher talks with Charles Amirkhanian and presents recordings of his music ranging from 1979 to 1986. Included will be a recent orchestral piece, excerpts from his chamber opera, “Slow Fire”, and the solo guitar work which first brought notice to the young Bay Area composer, “Liquid and Stellar Music”. (from KPFA Folio)
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; Electro-Acoustic; Electronic; Music Theatre; Paul Dresher
|Morning Concert: Conlon Nancarrow’s 80th Birthday|
Composer Conlon Nancarrow was born on October 27, 1912 in Texaskana, Arkansas and has lived in Mexico City since 1940. Richard Friedman speaks with him by telephone about his career, and introduces recent recordings of Nancarrow’s player piano music as well as works for live performers. Friedman also talks to Gordon Mumma who describes the early career of Nancarrow during which his music was largely unappreciated until Henry Cowell and John Cage took an interest in the composer’s studies for...
Keywords: KPFA-FM; Morning Concert series; Interview and Music; New Music; Conlon Nancarrow